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Taiwanese a cappella group claims 3rd place at Moscow music contest

2019/05/13 21:56:43

Taiwanese a cappella group O-Kai Singers / Photo courtesy of Representative Office in Moscow for the Taipei-Moscow Economic and Cultural Coordination

Taipei, May 13 (CNA) Taiwanese a cappella group O-Kai Singers claimed third place in the small vocal group category at the Moscow Spring A Cappella Festival on Saturday.

The O-Kai Singers were one of 31 a cappella groups in the 2-4 member small vocal group competition and won 600,000 rubles (US$9,177) for coming third.

"We're so happy to be here and would like to thank all the organizers, the jury and the amazing audience," O-Kai's bass vocalist HeyHey (嘿嘿) said when receiving the prize.

"There are so many wonderful groups getting together here. It really blows our mind," HeyHey added.

The Moscow Spring A Cappella Festival is an annual international contest for a cappella singers held since 2017 as part of the Moscow Seasons festival's series of outdoor events, according to the official website.

The O-Kai Singers were established in 2004 and three of the four members were from Taiwan's indigenous community.

The group has won many awards over the past 15 years, including in 2013 the Jury Award, Best Group Award and Best Aboriginal Album Award at the Taiwan-based Golden Melody Awards, for its first album "O-Kai A Cappella."

That album was also recognized by the U.S.-based Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards in the category of Best Jazz Album in 2013.

(By Jay Chou and Chi Jo-yao)